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   Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 2005, Syracuse, New York                               DO THE SUDOKU CHALLENGE... WIN A TRIP TO e Post-Standard Affiliated with Syracuse.com MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7. 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Po5t-Standaid SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING COOLING DOWN Temperatures will be lower than they have been re- cently, but it will still be warmer than normal today in Central New York. A shower may reach the area later tonight, but much of the day will be dry. Complete forecast, C-10 HIGH: 59 LOW: 40 A sprint to the finish in New York City Marathon After more than two hours of running Sunday, the New York City Marathon came down to a final sprint and a third of a sec- ond the closest finish in the history of the race. Paul Tergat surged one last time, breaking the tape a heartbeat before de- fending champion Hendrick Ra- maala stumbled and fell across the finish line behind him. Jelena Prokopcuka, of Latvia, won the women's race in Liverpool native Jen Rhines was 18th in SPORTS, PAGE C-l China fears three people might have bird flu virus Chas asked the World Health Organization to help determine whether the bird flu virus caused the death of a 12-year-old gir! and infected her 9-year-old brother and a 36-year-old middle school teacher in Wantang, a vil- lage in central Hunan province. If confirmed, they would be China's first known human cases of the disease, which has killed at least 62 people across South- cast Asia since 2003. STORY, PAGE A-4 French president vows crackdown on rioters French President Jacques Chirac addressed the public Sun- day for the first time in 11 days of the country's worst violence in decades, saying his govern- ment's "absolute priority" was "re-establishing security and public order." His brief appear- ance came hours after the arson rampages struck the heart of Paris and accelerated their spread in other major French cities. STORY, PAGE A-S Coming Tuesday: Hoops preview Check out the new college basketball season and scout the recruits, the juniors and the ri- vals of McNamara's Band. Online news updates The Post-Standard's reporters update the news of Central New York from morning until night seven days a week. Get the latest news when you want it at: Corrections Monday Night Football Call Deputy Executive Editor Tim Bunn at 470-2240 to dis- cuss a correction on a news story. Subscription questions? Call 470-NEWS Index ...........E-8 Classified..........E-l CNY....... Puzzles. Editorials....... Letters... Local news. Movies.......... New York..... .D-4 A-8 Obituaries........B-4 D-l A-10 .A-ll B-l Science....... Sean Kirst. Sports......... Sudoku Television... B-6 .B-l C-l .D-7 D-5 Lottery.............A-2 Weather........C-10 THE POST-STANDARD Deadly Twister in Midwest; Lose Power in CNY Michelle Gabel Staff photographer CHRIS McBRIDE, who lives at 120 Peters St. in Syracuse, peers out the front door of his home where a tree fell Sunday night. Trees and utility wires were down across Central New York after Sunday's windstorm. Indiana: 'All you could hear were people screaming9 By Deanna Martin The Associated Press Evansville, Ind. First came the roar, then the screams. Ryan Bellwood and his girl- friend awoke early Sunday to the roar of the tornado and scrambled for cover in a bath- tub. Minutes later, they emerged to a landscape of de- struction: Splintered wood, metal siding and tree limbs were strewn everywhere, and dozens of mobile homes had been crushed by the deadliest tornado to hit Indiana since 1974. "All you could hear were people screaming, 'Help me, help said Bellwood, 26. The tornado that tore across western Kentucky and south- western Ifldiana around 2 a.m. Sunday killed at least 22 peo- ple as it hit the mobile home park and cut a 15- to 20-mile path across the region, destroy- ing trailers and houses as many residents slept through the storm warnings. "It was just a real loud roar. It didn't seem like it lasted over 45 seconds to a minute, then it was calm said Steve Gaiser, who lives near the hard-hit Eastbrook Mobile Home Park. At least 17 in the mobile home park died, and more RESCUERS, PAGE A-6 Indiana and Kentucky: At least 22 people were killed and hundreds were injured when a tornado tore across southwestern Indiana and western Kentucky before dawn on Sunday, cutting a path of destruction about 20 miles long and three- quarters-of-a-mile wide. In Central New York. gusts up to 69 mph wreaked havoc Sunday afternoon, downing trees and cutting power to about National Grid customers. Sources: Associated Press, www.weather underground .com The Post-Standard Syracuse: Winds hit hardest in north, east By Mike McAndrew Staff writer Chris McBride moved his family two months ago from Orlando to Syracuse after Hur- ricane Charlie blew past their Florida home. Sunday afternoon, wind gusts that reached 69 mph wreaked havoc across Central New York, leaving about National Grid custom- ers without power, and leaving a tree on the roof of the north side home that McBride's fam- ily rents. "We're thinking of moving back Chris McBride chuckled, after the thunder- storms left him and his Peters Street neighbors in the dark. National Grid officials ex- pect to have power restored to all customers by tonight, a util- ity spokesman said. Police and fire officials from across Central New York said the thunderstorm that passed through the Syracuse area around p.m. caused scattered property damage but no serious injuries. "To my knowledge there have been no injuries reported as of Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll said after touring storm-damaged Peters Street. "That's great. This was a pret- ty powerful storm." American Red Cross offi- cials were preparing Sunday night to house possibly a few dozen people in a temporary shelter at St. Lucy's Church on Gifford Street. But Driscoll informed the Red Cross the city of Syracuse would pay for Carrier Circle hotel rooms for one night for residents unable to stay in their homes, said May Becker, a disaster assistantce team leader with the Onondaga-Oswego Chapter of the Red Cross. Red Cross workers bused seven tenants of a 621 S. West. St. apartment to the hotel and about six Peters Street resi- dents, she said. DISPLACED, PAGE A-7 Bravo Company patrol is tense, tedious, interrupted by bomb By Hart Seely Staff writer It was one of those missions that grinds on a soldier. It was supposed to last two hours, and it would have, but for the bomb. "It's a good U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ryan M. Laughna, 24, of Bethlehem, Pa., would re- flect later. "This would definite- ly have done some damage, if it went off." It didn't. So rack up another day for Bravo Troop, of the 10th Mountain Division's 1-71 Caval- ry, in its marathon mission of fighting a war that is equal parts tedium and terror. Here's how Sunday's mission, a joint patrol with the Iraqi Army, 7 a.m. The Iraqis arrive at Forward Operating Base Inde- pendence, the tiny outpost a military air base in its previous incarnation, under Saddam Hus- sein that Bravo Troop occupies in central Baghdad. Today, with U.S. support, the Iraqis will lead a convoy through dangerous neighborhoods, near some sites that have been raided in the past for suspected insurgents. The Iraqis arrive in two ding- ed-up Nissan trucks stenciled with for Iraqi National Guard. On one truck, the faded front stencil has been replaced with a handwritten "ING" in black marker. The Iraqi soldiers look rugged and strong, but younger than the guns they carry. Standing with their U.S. counterparts, they ogle the American weaponry. One Iraqi soldier displays his rifle, a stripped-down Russian-made SVD, and Staff Sgt. Paul Lud- wig, 28, of Meyersville, Md., shakes his head. An English-speaking Iraqi of- ficer tells Ludwig that he doesn't bother to carry a gun. "I have the man says, and brandishes a Bic lighter. "Light 'em on Ludwig barks, and the soldiers laugh. a.m. The convoy rolls through Baghdad, with Iraqi trucks leading the way. Three Iraqi soldiers stand in the back of the lead vehicle, with two more riding outside in the sec- ond. Three armored U.S. Hum- vees follow close behind. Sgt. John G. Parrell, 24, of Black Earth, Wis., drives the first U.S. Humvee. Beside him, Ludwig studies a computer mon- itor that shows the vehicles' con- stant position on a map. Ludwig rode these same streets two years ago, during the AFTER, PAGE A-6 "MISSION TO Staff writer Hart Seely and photographer Li- Hua Lan are accompanying soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division in Iraq. For more on their journey, go to Inside The scene on the streets, in Developments: Gunbattle at the border, ear bomb and drive-by shootings in KRAMER CLEANS UP OSWEGO CNY, PAGE D-1 MY VOTE COUNTS THE DAILY DOSE, PAGE D-8 INSIDE RATED G FOR GORE Family movies are getting more violent. CNY, PAGE D-4 MOMMY BRAIN Why motherhood makes them smarter. SCIENCE, PAGE B-6 5 TIPS FOR HOME IMPROVEMENTS MONEYWISE t   

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